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The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts

Shane Parrish

Top 10 Best Quotes

“You can’t improve if you don’t know what you’re doing wrong.”

“I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.”

“There are two ways to handle such a world: try to predict, or try to prepare.”

“I don’t want to be a great problem solver. I want to avoid problems—prevent them from happening and doing it right from the beginning.”

“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.”

“«Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.» Margaret Atwood”

“mental model is simply a representation of how something works.”

“gets updated, and so too must your circle. There are three key practices needed in order to build and maintain a circle of competence: curiosity and a desire to learn, monitoring, and feedback.”

“business, the person with the fewest blind spots wins. Removing blind spots means we see, interact with, and move closer to understanding reality. We think better. And thinking better is about finding simple processes that help us work through problems from multiple dimensions and perspectives, allowing us to better choose solutions that fit what matters to us. The skill for finding the right solutions for the right problems is one form of wisdom.”

“Why mental models? There is no system that can prepare us for all risks. Factors of chance introduce a level of complexity that is not entirely predictable. But being able to draw on a repertoire of mental models can help us minimize risk by understanding the forces that are at play. Likely consequences don’t have to be a mystery.”

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